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Wendell Palmer

Wendell Keith Palmer

Sunday, December 14th, 1941 - Wednesday, October 28th, 2020
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PALMER, Wendell Keith - 78, died peacefully Wednesday, October 28th, 2020 in Lakeridge Health Centre, Oshawa. Born in Lunenberg, Nova Scotia, he was the son of the late Lorimer and Vera Palmer. Wendell was an avid animal lover, interested in the preservation of rare breeds and nature. An educator for most of his life, he retired from teaching high-school biology in 1998 and continued with his work in animal husbandry and the preservation of rare breed livestock on his farm, imparting his knowledge of animals to anyone that would listen until his last days. From beekeeping, breeding dogs, sheep, horses, donkeys, chickens, chinchillas, rabbits, ducks, goats, pigs and cows, perhaps the bees were the only ones he didn’t try to breed a better version of. He is survived by his wife Joan and his two sons, Steven (Jennifer), Toronto; Scott (Susan), Stouffville; three granddaughters, Callie, Kira, and Elizabeth; brothers Sherman (Valerie), Lunenberg, NS; Victor (Trish), Minto, ON; Ted, Morristown, NS; and sister Connie (George Connors), Dartmouth, NS;
Due to the restrictions surrounding Covid 19, a family service will be held at MORRIS FUNERAL CHAPEL, on Monday November 16, 2020 at 2:00 P.M. Friends may view the service live, online through the funeral home FACEBOOK page. The live feed will appear at service time. In lieu of flowers donations in Wendell’s memory can be made to the Kidney Foundation and Heritage Livestock Canada.
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Paul Tokar

Posted at 10:44pm
I learned many things in twenty or so years of friendship with Wendell. We shared many a smile, many a laugh, and so many deep conversations. Whether it was at the farm,on the road, or over a delicious meal, Wendell’s pleasant sense of humour was rarely absent for long. I was very privileged to have spent years of quality time where I could - I shall always hold dear the collections of fond memories. Wendell was always a true friend.

Paul J. Tokar

Marcis&Mara Balodis

Posted at 11:03pm
It is the season of Thanksgiving and Remembrance. . . . . . .
A week ago, our friend since college days, Charlie Embree, called me about Wendell’s passing. A year ago, Charlie had called with the same sad news about Tom Nunn. Sixty years ago, we gathered frequently in Tom’s room to get help with analytic geometry and calculus. Tom was the ultimate mathematician; not only that, he gave most freely of his time to help the rest of us who have no inkling of how much of his own work he left undone – to help us, his fellow students. . . . . . .
As second year started, the usual initiation was soon in full swing. Wendell asked a first year Frosh lady student to shine his black shoes. He watched in awe as his chosen shoe polisher proceeded to smear black polish all over his white socks. It was not in Wendell’s nature to mete out any punishment; indeed, over a period of days he again asked the same lady for a shoeshine, a number of times, inevitably with the same result, and more and more laughter each time.
I thank Wendell for inviting me to be his room mate at OAC, now the University of Guelph. Nova Scotia and farming were never far from his mind, nor his love of participating in something exciting and new, activities such as the greased pig catching contest. The pigs were almost as hefty as Wendell himself, but once he had his arms around one, he was the winner. He took part in inter-class wrestling too. I don’t think Wendell had ever wrestled before, so he went at it much like as in the pig catching contest. He took hold of his opponent with a tremendous bear hug, but picking him up didn’t win any points. Finally a classmate started coaching: fold this arm, now the other one; lay him down. Wendell wins again.
Our main College dance, Conversat, was spectacular – our double gym decorated with miles of green twine that had thousands of (Bristol board) ivy leaves attached. After the dance, students had just the next day to clean out all the decorative “ivy”. Wendell had the presence of mind to save a few bushels of this to use for decorating our room for “Open House” next week. It truly turned out to be a jungle worthy of Tarzan, ivy covered walls and lianas hanging from the ceiling.
Joan must have approved. I sincerely thank Wendell and Joan for inviting me to their wedding. Later, after midnight, Wendell the farmer took me to visit Niagara Falls and look over the brink, no lights, just the flying mist and thunderous roar. . . . . . Wendell and Nature at their best.

Connie connors

Posted at 02:03pm
Being Wendells sister and only 2 1/2 years younger than him I have so many good
memories of my brother .Growing up you could always find him in the barn with one of his many animals, he was definitely an animal lover. I will dearly miss our Sunday phone calls but my thoughts will be of him always .Sadly I can not attend my brothers service and be with the family at this sad time,due to Covid restrictions on travel , but my heart , prayers and love are with you all . Connie Connors

Peter Zoretich

Posted at 12:29pm
Sorry to hear of the passing of Wendell. Having known Wendell for a number of years in teaching we had many good dialogues. His dedication and caring demeanor towards students was refreshing. It was a pleasure to have worked with Wendell. He had an explorative mind that challenged the young minds in his charge. He will be missed but not forgotten.
Peter Zoretich

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